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Wedding Pictures

When planning a wedding, an important consideration is what style of wedding photography to use. Wedding pictures need to reflect a couple's tastes, and understanding the styles of wedding photography can help make the decision easier. Here, learn about the two main styles of wedding pictures: portrait and photojournalistic.

Portrait Style

This is the most commonly used style of wedding photography, and uses many of the traditional poses--like the bride and groom's first dance and the cake ceremony. Portrait photography incorporates more posed, formal shots than casual pictures, and provides high-quality photographs suitable for framing or hanging. Photographers using this style often play a large role in arranging the pictures, both group and individual shots, and usually use color film. While portrait photography creates elegant, high-quality photographs, setting up the many posed shots can be time-consuming, and more time should be allotted for photo sessions, so the process won't be rushed. Also, the photographer may get too involved in the process, interrupting events to take pictures. The resulting pictures may be too formal and posed for couples who want a realistic representation of their ceremony.

Photojournalistic Style

This is a recent trend in wedding photography, and has roots in traditional news photography. Photographers using this style take few posed or formal pictures, preferring to concentrate on candid shots. Their focus is on capturing the spontaneity and emotion of the events. Instead of arranging the photographs as a portrait photographer might, photographers using the photojournalistic style photograph the wedding in much the same way they'd cover a news story, capturing events as they happen. This style of wedding photography provides more realistic pictures of a wedding, and because it takes less time, the photographer can take more pictures. Photographers using this style generally use black and white film. There is one drawback to using the photojournalistic approach--it is usually more expensive than portrait photography.